Barnes & Noble promotes summer reading

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Reading just five books over the summer can help kids maintain their literacy skills, according to the White House. Parents have plenty of resources for finding ways to encourage summer reading. The Columbus Metropolitan Library offers a summer reading program where kids can earn prizes.

Barnes & Noble also is helping parents promote summer reading this summer by offering kids the opportunity to earn a free book. Children must read eight books and record a few details about them in the Barnes & Noble reading journal. The journals are free and available online at

Children who complete the journal can select a book from a list provided by the book seller.

And librarians from around the nation have shared some advice for parents: Their wise words are available on Scholastic Inc.'s website. You can check it out at